Communities of Hope & Joy: Velma Ruch

Velma Ruch, aged 96. passed away yesterday in Lamoni, Iowa surrounded by loving friends. Though Velma was never employed by Community of Christ, her influence as an evangelist, educator at Graceland University, writer, and mentor to staff and members was significant and transformative. A graveside service will be held in Lamoni at 10:30 Monday morning, with a memorial service planned for later on. Details will be shared as they are known.  You may read her obituary at


Kris Judd

Staff Pastor

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